||Journal of Technical Writing and Communication
||Instructions to Authors
Please Note: online submissions are encouraged.
Manuscripts Submit manuscripts to the address
above in triplicate, typed or printed (letter quality or better), and include
return postage. Since we prefer to communicate electronically, be sure
to include your phone and FAX numbers and your email addresses
on your cover letter. You may also send your MS on ZIP, CD, or via email as a Word attachment.
You may communicate with the journal electronically through this email address: email@example.com.
We normally acknowledge MS receipt within 3-4 weeks and try to notify
authors of acceptance within 8-10 weeks. We frequently accept articles
conditionally, asking authors to consider reviewer suggestions for revision.
Publication normally occurs within 12 months of acceptance.
Originality. This journal publishes only original
material. Authors certify by submission, therefore, that neither the article
submitted nor any version of it has been published—or is being considered
Prose. Write in clear, concise, coherent prose,
using the active voice whenever possible. Please be sure to include a generous
quantity of intertextual headings and subheads throughout your text. The
supports NCTE guidelines for avoiding sexist language. We will return manuscripts
not conforming to our style.
Abstracts. Include an abstract of 100-150
words on your first page in the following order: Title; your name and place
of work; abstract; first heading; first paragraph of your article.
Footnotes. Use footnotes only when necessary,
limit to three lines, and place at bottom of each page. Use conventional
arabic superscripts, in numerical order, to identify each.
References. Attach a list of references to
your manuscript, arranged to present each source in the sequence to which
you refer to it parenthetically [2, p. 364] in the text. Include in each
entry its number; author’s name in normal order; title of piece cited (use
no quotation marks); editor’s name, followed by (ed.); title of book or
periodical in italics (for a book add publisher and place of publication);
volume and issue numbers; pages cited; year of publication; and DOI (digital object identifier).
Click here for a brief definition and link to CrossRef.org's fast and free DOI look up.
- W. F. Dater, Writing Is All of a Piece, in Essays on Technical Communication, J. C.Pratt and F. Kiley (eds.) Peter F. Moody Associates, Strasburg, Pennsylvania, pp. 24-34, 1973, DOI.
- M. E. Johnson, The Role of Organizing Principles in PC Documentation, The Software Journal, 1:4, pp. 174-191, 1968, DOI. (or pp. 174-181, Spring 1968, DOI).
Use a bracketed citation before the period in the appropriate
sentence to refer to the list of references [1, p. 27]. A subsequent citation
might appear [1, pp. 28-32].
Figures and Tables. Submit only original line
art, in black ink, or camera ready quality, scaled to our page size with
each new figure or table on a separate sheet. We welcome computer generated
graphics at resolutions of 300 dpi or better. Provide each figure or table
with a descriptive, first order heading centered at its top in 8 point
type. Place a brief descriptive caption beneath each graphic preceded appropriately
by Figure 1., Table 2., etc. Indicate placement in the text as follows:
- - - insert Figure 5. here - - -
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